Expectant father killed in Highway 395 crash near Addy

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 6:44 PM

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -- One person was killed in a head-on crash south of Addy Friday morning.  The wreck shut down Highway 395 for hours.

Crews responded to the collision around 6:30 a.m.  Washington State Patrol Troopers said a pick-up truck traveling south crossed over the center line and collided with a car in the northbound lane.

The driver of the car, identified as Aaron G. Huff, 32, from Chewelah, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Authorities said the 20-year-old male driver of the truck suffered serious injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart in Spokane.  

It was not known whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, according to authorities.

Investigators said Huff’s wife was pregnant with their first child and was due in a week.  Huff's wife was not in the car at the time of the crash.  A chaplain was called to provide grief counseling to the victim's family. 

Highway 395 was completely blocked 3 miles south of Addy, near milepost 214 for hours after the crash.  The roadway was finally cleared around 10:45 a.m.

The collision was placed under investigation.  Authorities said it was not known whether charges would be filed.

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